Legal Immigrants Being Blocked in Latest Obamacare Glitch

Immigrants who are eligible for Obamacare are running into problems when they try to sign up for health coverage on HealthCare.gov because of safeguards that were put in place to weed out illegal immigrants, The Wall Street Journal reported.

People born outside of the United States who are trying to sign up on HealthCare.gov are having difficulty proving they are their identities and submitting documents that demonstrate they are in the country legally.

As a result, some are being redirected to Medicaid even though they don’t qualify, while others struggle to navigate an online system with a range of glitches, including a failure to verify people without an extensive credit history. Verification is an essential step in creating an account.

“A lot of advocates are frustrated,” Angel Padilla, health policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal.